Patrick Martin Williams, Jr. wrote the manuscript for his book, The Plowboy: Words of Faith and Encouragement, in 1967, but it was not published until 2008 by his granddaughter, Vana J. Plaisance. In her letter about this collection, Ms. Plaisance says Grandfather was born in 1898 in a cabin on his family's farm near Natural Bridge State Park (Virginia). As a teen, he left his humble home with just 34 cents in his pocket and the clothes on his back, and he set out to make his mark on the world. His early jobs included water boy for a railroad company and working in a livery stable. He graduated high school and also from business school in Lexington, Kentucky. For most of his life, Grandfather worked for the C & O Railroad and retired from their service. Williams died before his manuscript could be published, and he entrusted its care to Plaisance with the promise she would see it published, which she did more than 40 years after he wrote it.